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Best Practice in Public Communications Training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Silva, J; Bultitude, K; (2009) Best Practice in Public Communications Training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Online Journal of Science Communication , 08 (02) , Article A03. Green open access

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Abstract

Effective training in key communications skills is critical for successful public engagement. However, what are the secrets to designing and delivering an effectual training course? This paper outlines key findings from a research study into communication training programmes for public engagement with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The research focused on training in direct communication methods, (as separate from media training) and encompassed both trainers and trainees, the latter group spanning across both scientists and explainers. The findings indicated that training courses are effective at increasing involvement in science communication events and trainees feel more confident and able to engage due to training. An interactive style was found to be a key element of training courses. Demonstrations of good practice followed by own performance with feedback were also important, preferably involving a ‘real’ audience. A list of guidelines on best practice has been developed which offers practical advice.

Type: Article
Title: Best Practice in Public Communications Training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/08/02/Jcom0802%282009...
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1381041
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